© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ghislaine Maxwell appears through video hyperlink all over her arraignment hearing in Manhattan Federal Court in Contemporary York
By Jonathan Stempel
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A girl who claims she change into sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein and is anticipated to testify in opposition to Ghislaine Maxwell at her criminal trial needn’t repeat how noteworthy she is being compensated to accept to the bottom of claims in opposition to Epstein’s estate, a U.S. pick dominated on Wednesday.
U.S. District Take Lorna Schofield in Manhattan dominated in desire of Annie Farmer, who admire many Epstein accusers sought to overlook her lawsuit in opposition to the slack financier’s estate in explain to obtain a confidential settlement from a victims’ compensation program.
Maxwell’s lawyers objected to a dismissal, announcing a large settlement would give Farmer a motive to lie, and that the British socialite critical the greenback quantity to neatly inappropriate-peep her if she testified.
But the pick stated a dismissal would now not unduly prejudice Maxwell.
“If she needs files to exercise in the court of public thought she need to accept it in other places,” Schofield wrote. “Equally, if she needs files to exercise in her defense in the criminal case, then she ought to quiet strive to obtain the records the utilization of the procedures accessible if that’s the case.”
Maxwell’s lawyer did now not all of a sudden answer to requests for comment.
A lawyer for Farmer did now not all of a sudden answer to identical requests. She has accused Maxwell of meritless “victim-blaming,” and stated Farmer supposed to testify in point of fact in any future complaints.
Maxwell, 59, is being held at a federal jail in Brooklyn after pleading now not responsible to helping Epstein recruit and groom three underage girls for intercourse from 1994 to 1997.
Farmer has stated she change into 16 when Epstein abused her, and is one of many alleged victims discussed in Maxwell’s criminal complaint.
Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 whereas looking ahead to trial on intercourse trafficking expenses.
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